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Halloween and Distracted Driving: A Nightmare on Any Street

By Jeff Porter October 31, 2019

Categories: Anywhere Workforce Industry Trends Vehicle Reimbursement

The Spooky Risks of Distracted Driving

It’s that time of year when the leaves hit the ground and you can’t escape the pumpkin fever. Fall is upon us and Halloween is here. It’s no secret that the holiday has a way of bringing excitement to children and adults across the nation. Halloween parties and trick or treating are inherently fun, as we get that annual opportunity to throw on a ridiculous costume or witness kids’ faces light up when receiving copious amounts of sweet treats.

But in Hollywood, there’s a darker approach to October’s most famous holiday. For decades, hundreds of Halloween horror films have made movie-goers jump out of their seats, frightened by the (unlikely) prospect of these plotlines possibly coming to life. What’s great about movies is that they force us to think outside of the box and use our imagination. But at the end of the day, they’re fictional.

The Spooky Statistics

Do you know what’s not fictional? Statistics on distracted driving. Did you know that motor vehicle accidents cost employers $56 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity? Even spookier, 40% of all crashes on the road are work-related. To help you understand how scary distracted driving really is, we’ll use an example from one of Halloween’s most popular and recognizable characters: The Dream Demon, Freddy Krueger.

A Nightmare on Any Street 

Freddy Krueger, from Wes Craven’s critically acclaimed A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, is known to kill his victims in their dreams, also causing their deaths in the real world. He’s got a burned, disfigured face and sports a not-so-clean green-and-red striped sweater, a brown fedora and a metal-spiked, leather glove. What could be scarier than that? Perhaps distracted drivers?

The spooky reality is, distracted drivers are out on our roads every day – reaching far beyond Freddy’s home state of Ohio. All across America – at any given time – you’re likely to see people reading text messages, checking email, scrolling through Instagram or scarfing down a burrito while simultaneously operating a vehicle.

Take the Safe Route

While you can’t control your mobile workers’ nightmares, you can certainly make an effort to better protect them out on the road. Whether you’re on a mileage reimbursement, fleet or allowance program, Motus Drive Safe will help your company take the necessary precautions to keep your mobile workforce safe.

From individualized safety trainings and assessments to motor vehicle record checks and insurance verification, Motus Drive Safe gives you peace of mind. Now you can rest easy at night – and if Freddy snatches you up in your dreams, at least it won’t be related to distracted driving or driver safety.

Want to learn more about Motus Drive Safe? Contact Motus today.

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